Kensington and Chelsea roads to be remodeled with £500,000 TfL package

Kensington and Chelsea roads to be remodeled with £500,000 TfL package


By LDRS Reporter Julia Gregory

NEW bike lanes and a 20mph speed limit are part of a £500,000 package to encourage people to get out and about in Kensington and Chelsea. 

It means pavements in some of the area’s most iconic shopping streets in Notting Hill Gate, High Street Kensington and King’s Road will be widened for the time being.

And there will also be a temporary bike lane at Kensington High Street and Queen’s Gate.

The council is putting in £343,000 and it got a £185,000 grant from Transport for London, with £100,000 from the Department of Transport.

It gives the green light to schemes to help people maintain social distancing and encourage them back to businesses across the borough. 

It will pay for: 

*A 20mph speed limit to be introduced across the borough

*Temporary bike lanes on Kensington High Street and Queen’s Gate 

*More cycle parking spaces

*Upgrading cycle lanes Chelsea Bridge Road’s cycle lanes to light segregation

*The council will create 10 more School Streets – with roads shut to traffic at school drop off and pick up times

*There will be extended road closures  at  the world-famous Portobello and Golborne Market 

*Bute Street in South Kensington  and Pavilion Road in Chelsea are closed to traffic to encourage safe shopping and a cafe culture vibe

Tom Frost, who chairs the Kensington Business Forum, one of the groups which talked to the council about ways it could help said: “Everything’s trial and error and everything’s temporary.”

He said a new rule book is being created to adapt to the post lockdown rules.

He added that: “There’s an excitement –  people are happy that the high street is back operating and people are able to move more freely and there’s also a need to stay safe.”

Johnny Thalassites, the politician  in charge of transport said he hoped the moves will help revitalise the borough’s economy. 

He encouraged people to get on two wheels to travel round the borough.

Cycling’s an option people might not have considered before and we are doing all we can to instil confidence in both new and experienced cyclists. For pedestrians, safer speed limits and trial road closures can also bring about new, local walkable neighbourhoods,” he said.

 The move’s been welcomed by keen cyclist Justin Abbott who chairs Better Streets 4KC.

Before lockdown it campaigned for a raft of safety measures, including speed restrictions and more bike lanes.

Mr Abbott said the 20mph limit “is transformative” and he is keen to see a protected bike lane in High Street Kensington. 

In June, Extinction Rebellion Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham created a  temporary pop-up bike lane at Holland Park Avenue and called for the council to create a permanent one there.

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